The number of books in the world is certainly debatable. According to Google, at one point they figured it be around 210 million. A report they did in April of 2011 says that count is closer to 130 million.
After sorting for duplicates, meaning that Google does not want to count the same book in two different places twice, there are a stunning 210 million entries to be counted from library and other databases around the world. You have to marvel slightly at that number, even before they cut it some more.
210 million is a big number, but it is not exactly correct. Google then sorts out microfilm, videos, maps, and anything else with an ISBN that has come through its listing process. After all of that final threshing, the number of books, as least as well as Google can count them, is 129,864,880.
No matter how you look at it, the number is GINORMOUS. (Yeah…. really really BIG).
Then I looked at how many books are published a day. Some reports said world-wide up to 2,000 books a day are published. US alone is publishing between 350 – 800 books a day.
People….. no way are we ever going to catch up. 😯
Sooooooo….my point today is…. how do I (and how do you) choose that next book to read. As book bloggers, many of us are offered books to review consistently from publishers and authors, and believe me… some of these – many of these offers are great sounding reads. AND if you are not a book blogger but a lover of books (first of all you are AWESOME!), you as a consumer who buys a book here and there…..
how do you, how do any of us choose?
This is what I want to discuss. Share how you pick that next book. For myself, I am a little embarrassed to admit that in my reading room right now there are hundreds of books that are currently unread. I pick them up at sales, they are my personal library, and yes, there are many that are review books as well. Yet… when I go in there. I get to pick “1”.
What drives you to choose a book to read? Is it popularity? A topic? A feeling? Do you buck the trends and go your own way and read something completely off the charts (perhaps something called The History Of The Paperclip?)
I want to dish! Talk to me 😀